Peace Action

Working to prevent violent conflict and build lasting peace in Somalia and Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, and Syria

Our peace action work prevents violent conflict, resolves ongoing conflicts, and supports people in building peace in their societies.

An important focus of our work in this area is on addressing exclusion from political, economic, and social opportunities, things we have seen to be powerful drivers of conflict. We do this by helping people design more inclusive systems of governance and processes for dialogue. This inclusion is aimed at helping people reconcile, or accommodate, their different political interests. We call this the Political Accommodation Methodology.

We have supported use of these innovative methods in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Syria. We are working to publish a handbook to share our Methodology and make it accessible for more people to use in their own contexts around the world.

Active Programs

(SONSA Picture) Baidoa Platform Workshop

Somali Program

Supporting dialogue among and between Somali leaders and communities to help reconcile different interests and build lasting peace

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Sudan Program

Supporting inclusive and effective dialogue

to build governance arrangements that accommodate the diverse interests within Sudan

Past Projects

South Sudan Program

Supporting South Sudanese to construct a “House of Governance” that equitably serves everyone and provides a framework for sustainable peace

Syria Program

Supporting Syrians and international mediators working to reconcile competing political interests

Featured Publications

How Governance Functions

Case studies of seven countries through the lens of Political Accommodation

Political Accommodation

Theory and practice for peacemaking and peacebuilding